a heavy, broad-bladed knife or long-bladed hatchet, especially one used by butchers for cutting meat into joints or pieces.
a person or thing that cleaves.
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How to use cleaver in a sentence
I even advocated buying a special cleaver just for carving your Thanksgiving bird.
He’ll guide the Disappointment cleaver again next season if he feels like conditions are reasonable, but he’s done guiding the Kautz for good.Guides Just Had Their Worst Season Ever in the Cascades | abarronian | September 15, 2021 | Outside Online
It also contains a few unique items like an extra-wide metal spatula that doubles as a cleaver and bottle opener.Optimal Grilling Accessories and Grilling Tools For The Best Backyard BBQ | Irena Collaku | June 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Forged in Germany, Wusthof’s santoku knife marries the best elements of a chef’s knife and a cleaver.
A set of meat-cleaver cuts to the domestic discretionary budget.
A hunter comes across a sickly gorilla, too weak to defend itself from the blows of his cleaver.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next? | Scott Bixby | April 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Politico reported that a man had been arrested for allegedly spitting at cleaver, but the congressman refused to press charges.
Nye alleged that all of the Tea Party members spat on her future boss, Rep. Emanuel cleaver (D-MO).
Whittam said Adebolajo held the meat cleaver above his head before he was shot down by officers.
They accordingly suffered the punishment, the wrist being divided by a cleaver driven through the joint by force of a mallet.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
Contrary to my expectation Tinah this afternoon brought on board the cleaver that had been stolen.A Voyage to the South Sea | William Bligh
Before adding the next budget, two points in Lucy cleaver's outlay should, perhaps, be emphasized in the interest of common sense.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Under its edge the dusky metal of Khosatral's body gave way like common flesh beneath a cleaver.The Devil in Iron | Robert E. Howard
Because of the hardness of the covering, a cleaver or a hatchet is generally required to open the squash and cut it into pieces.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
British Dictionary definitions for cleaver
a heavy knife or long-bladed hatchet, esp one used by butchers
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Scientific definitions for cleaver
A bifacial stone tool flaked to produce a straight, sharp, relatively wide edge at one end. Cleavers are early core tools associated primarily with the Acheulian tool culture.
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